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Sacred Arias
Leonard Cohen, Gabriel Faure, Cesar Franck
Sacred Arias
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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Just a few years back Katherine Jenkins was a public school music teacher in Wales. Today, she is the UK's fastest-rising classical star. Ever since she shattered a glass chandelier with a high note during a concert, Kathe...  more »

     
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Just a few years back Katherine Jenkins was a public school music teacher in Wales. Today, she is the UK's fastest-rising classical star. Ever since she shattered a glass chandelier with a high note during a concert, Katherine has taken the classical world by storm, winning several singing competitions at the Royal Academy of Music. Her debut album Première went straight to number one in the U.K in April 2004 and stayed there for eight weeks. Katherine's second album, Second Nature was released in October 2004 and featured her stirring rendition of Time To Say Goodbye--the multi-platinum smash by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. The album quickly went platinum selling over 350,000 units by Christmas making Katherine Jenkins the U.K's biggest selling Classical Artist of 2004.

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I confess to some conflicted opinions.........
Robert C. Hufford | Hopewell, VA USA | 05/31/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"....on this one. Katherine Jenkins is pretty. That's a self-evident truth; even Mont Blanc used her for a poster girl, targeting the type of guys who can afford their pens. She is a good, not a great, singer. This album is well presented, with excellent renditions of some wonderful music. The pictures are fabulous, and that's the problem; I like to look at pretty girls as much as any guy, but semi-provocative photos with an album of sacred music make me uncomfortable. She can be as seductive as she wishes on a CD of opera arias, and I won't care. But here? (Contrast Renee Fleming's similar offering; perfect taste).

OK...I got my vent out of the way. The music is wonderful! Standard old hymns ("Abide With Me", "May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You", "Silent Night"), classical pieces ("Panis Angelicus", "Agnus Dei", "In Paradisium"), even a Spiritual. The "Pie Jesu" from the Andrew Lloyd Webber "Requium" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" are particularly fine.

Make your own decisions. I took away one star for mixing sexy art with hymns. I'm a Christian, but not a prude, and I'll admit that I'd add, rather than subtract, a star were this opera. This is very good, not a great, disc. I know that "Opera News" slammed it, but with all respect to a truly great magazine, this really isn't "their thing". Katherine is no Elina, either in looks or voice; still, you might enjoy it."
Katherine Jenkins Sings Heavenly On Sacred Music Collection
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Sacred Arias" by Katherine Jenkins gives the Welsh classical diva a chance to perform a collection of sacred music.

The choice of songs is eclestic and quite good. One can find Samuel Barber, American spirituals, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Leonard Cohen. And because Ms. Jenkins is a superb singer with great range and talent, she pulls every song off effortlessly.

This is a noteworthy collection of sacred songs made enjoyable because of Ms. Jenkins' great voice, and great arrangements and interpretations."
Never tire of it
Pi Face | 04/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Absolutely beautiful. I never tire of listening to it while I am working. I also own Living a Dream, Second Nature, and From the Heart. I like her choices on this CD the most. Out of my Kiri Te Kanawa, Renee Flemming, Sarah Brightman, and Kathleen Battle CD's, I often choose Katherine and Kathleen. One of the few voices that both my husband and I listen to together. So nice to hear a young lady sing these songs instead of "popera"! Very classy. Her voice is not overly trained. I look forward to her future productions!"